MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR H.G. LYNCH!!!!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
H.G. Lynch. I write mostly YA paranormal romance, but I do have a few more adult stories.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
Insane is a YA paranormal horror romance. I came up with the idea because I love stories set in asylums, and I love paranormal romance, but I was having trouble finding YA Horror books that also had a romance. I’m not a planner, so I didn’t really know where the story would go – the characters just swept me along with them on their terrifying, wonderful journey.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I’ve always been interested in the paranormal, ever since I was very young. My imaginary friend as a child was a ghost. I also have a deep love of mythology, so it seemed only natural for me to write stories about the paranormal – vampires, werewolves, etc.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Having visited a psychiatric hospital myself for my social anxiety, and since my mother was a secretary at the hospital years ago, I had a pretty fair idea of the layout and structure of a psychiatric unit.
Can you tell me about your Series?
The Caged Series is by far my favourite work. It’s a trilogy about a young witch who escapes the clutches of her cruel adopted family and finds a home with a pack of werewolves. From there, she struggles with her first love, learning to trust, and fighting for her freedom as her adopted family comes after her.
It’s an intense, rollercoaster ride of a series, and I’ve had a lot of praise for it.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
I guess Fight, the second book in the trilogy, is my favourite. A lot happens in that book, including a massive twist that leaves the reader wondering what the heck will happen next.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
Honestly, I got the idea from the Hunger Games sounds track. Particularly the Maroon 5 track “Come Away to the Water.”I just loved the sad, haunting tone of it, as well as the lyrics. I also got some inspiration for the series from Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like the Wolf.”
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I did a little digging into wolves, and a werewolf lore. Aside from that, a lot of the world building and character building was just in my head.
Was it always meant to become a series?
Yes. I always knew it would be a trilogy – I just didn’t know how it would end until I wrote it.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
It’s not very exciting usually. I get up, I check my emails, check Facebook and Twitter, message back any fans who’ve left me messages. I like to write on or in the bed, using my laptop, but I don’t really have a schedule. I just write when I feel the inspiration. If I’m on a deadline, I’ll try to write 2000 words a day minimum.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
The sequel to Red Dagger (The Reaper Born Trilogy) will be published in February 2019. It’s taken me a long time to finish it due to personal circumstances, but I think the fans will be happy with it.
Black Blade picks up where Red Dagger left off, so you finally find out what happened to Islay, and why Ru is being arrested. From there, Ru goes on a hellish (wink wink) journey to rescue a loved one and finds out at last what it really means to be Reaper Born.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
I love naming characters. I especially enjoy using traditional Scottish and Irish names. Being that I am Scottish, and most of my books are set in Scotland, I think the names fit the mythology I work with.
Where do your ideas come from?
This is a question I never know how to answer because I don’t really know. Some ideas come from dreams, some from songs, some just pop into my head.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
I try to push myself often. I started out with a vampire romance set in a boarding school (The unfortunate Blood Series) and from there, I wanted to try something dystopian because it takes more imagination and world building, so I wrote Radioactive. After that, I wanted to push myself again. I’d attempted a few times to write a werewolf novel but couldn’t quite get the feel for it. So when I finally wrote The Caged Trilogy, I was very pleased with the outcome.
Obviously, the next step was to try writing something more adult. Incubus Unchained is by far my sexiest novel, and definitely an over-18’s read.
Next, I’m working on a retelling of Beauty and the Beast but with a big twist. I’m not sure yet if it’ll be a novella or full novel.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Writer’s block. I’ve struggled with writer’s block badly for the last two years, but I finally seem to be overcoming it.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I love book trailers. I have had a fan make a couple, and I’ve just learned to make gifs, so I’m currently trying to make gif trailers as well as animated covers. I’m not very good but they get a lot of attention.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Insane once got a Bestseller flag in the Horror category on the Japanese Amazon. That was a big achievement in my writing career.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
The freedom. I work mostly to my own schedule, and I work at home, so it really benefits me because my social anxiety makes it hard for me to hold a 9-5 job.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully on the USA Today Bestseller list. 😀 I’d ideally love to see my books on the shelves of Waterstones stores. That’s the marker of success for me.
Have you always liked to write?
Yup. I always wrote stories and plays as a child. Even as a kid in Primary school, I wrote about haunted houses.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Everyone gives the same advice – keep trying. Keep editing. Keep writing.
Honestly? It takes more than that. You have to be able and willing to learn. I used to read a lot of fanfiction, and the problem with those stories wasn’t necessarily that the stories were bad, but that the writers struggled with plotlines and particularly grammar.
Unless you’ve done college or university courses in English and Creative Writing, you probably haven’t been taught how to really write a book. When I started, I had only the experience of writing short stories for school reports. I was very talented at English, and I was raised to have a lot of respect for the English language and how to use it. But I didn’t know how to format a manuscript, I didn’t know how to make a plot flow.
So I read. A lot. I’ve read over 500 books in my life, the vast majority of those between the ages of 14 and 18.
I also was lucky enough to get some formatting advice from L.J. Smith herself, the author of The Vampire Diaries, as well as my editor.
So my advice to aspiring authors? With all of that said, I haven’t been to college or university. If you have natural talent or a natural understanding of the English language and wide vocabulary, you can write a good book. But you need to learn how to use it, and how to format. The best way of doing this is just by reading more. Take note of the layout of the words on the page, the first line indents, the dialogue, the paragraphing.
I’ve got over 20 published works, I’ve been writing since I was 15, published at 18. I’m still learning.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I’d work with animals. I have a deep love for all animals, and have worked with horses a lot in the past. I own five rabbits, two cats, and two hamsters. They bring joy to my life.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
Yes I read them, no I don’t respond to them. I haven’t had a lot of bad reviews, and I tend to take them with a pinch of salt. I don’t enjoy every book I read, so why should anyone else? If they don’t like my writing, that’s fine. It’s just not for them, and it gives me an idea of how to improve my stories.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Editing. I hate editing. My first novel, Born Dark, before it was published, I self-edited over 20 times. Then it went to a professional who made it pretty and fixed my formatting. These days, I start off writing with the formatting and editing in mind, so it takes only a few rounds of self-edits before going to the professional, and usually they don’t have to do very much anymore. I have been told I have some of the cleanest manuscripts to edit that my editor has seen.
What are you working on now?
Way too many things. I have 4 WIPS at the moment, some of which might never make it to completion.
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I didn’t really choose it – it was more like it chose me!
Where did your love of books come from?
I guess from my parents. They read to me constantly from the day I was born. I grew up listening to wonderful adventures, and then began reading them for myself. It felt quite natural to go on to writing adventures of my own.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
Oooh, I have a lot of favourites. I read anything by Cassandra Clare, Rachel Caine or Brigid Kemmerer. I love Jennifer L. Armentrout, especially her Lux Series. Maggie Steifvater is another huge favourite. I adored The Scorpio Races and the Shiver books. I could go on forever.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
I’ve put some thought into this question lately, and no matter what, I keep coming back to my very first character, Ember, from my Unfortunate Blood series. She was very much based on myself at her age, but with the confidence I wish I’d had. I gave her all the fire and sass I’d ever wanted, with a kickass power to back up her attitude. I think Ember will always be my favourite, with Reid a little behind, of course. You can’t go far with one of them and not the other.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both. Sometimes it makes me tremendously happy, sometimes it makes me cry or slam my fists, or just want to give up altogether. But at the end of the day, the characters keep me going.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Deadlines. The second I have a deadline, my inspiration just goes dead and I get the worst writer’s block.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I like to think my stories are as original as they can be while sticking within my selected genres, and I certainly hope it’s what the readers want.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I’m friends with a few other authors – Carmilla Voiez, Jenn Nixon, P. Mattern. They inspire me to keep going on the days when being an indie author gets tough.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
The Secretly Awesome Anxiety Society.
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
I guess, where can readers get my books?
The answer is, here: www.amazon.com/H.G.-Lynch/e/B00HZ4PIM4/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️